BC-AP News Digest 6 pm

December 07, 2017 - 6:07 pm

Here are the AP's latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EST.

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NEW/DEVELOPING

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CONGRESSMAN RESIGNING — Eight-term GOP Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona is resigning from Congress, the AP learns. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

Adds TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT, INTERIOR-METHANE RULE, COUNTY SERVERS HACKED, ARGENTINA-EX-PRESIDENT, HONDURAS-HUMAN RIGHTS.

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MOSUL EYE — Shattering the wall of silence imposed by Islamic State, an anonymous historian gave a news feed to the world on Mosul's suffering. Known only as Mosul Eye, he roamed the streets gathering information. He chatted up Islamic State fighters and forced himself to watch executions so he could note the names of the dead and their supposed crimes. Now the anonymity that allowed him to survive in Iraq is a burden he is ready to shed. Mosul Eye is coming forward with his name and identity. By Lori Hinnant and Maggie Michael. SENT: 3,210 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — Mosul Eye (CR) — Mosul Eye blogger reveals identity. An abridged version of 980 words has also been sent. The latest in The Associated Press' series Collapse of the Caliphate.

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TOP STORIES

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SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-FRANKEN — Sen. Al Franken succumbs to a torrent of sexual harassment allegations and announces he's resigning from the Senate, but in a defiant farewell takes a parting shot at President Donald Trump and other Republicans he says have survived worse accusations. By Alan Fram. SENT: 950 words, photos, video. With SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-FRANKEN-THE LATEST; SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-FRANKEN-REPLACEMENTS — Franken's resignation triggers a rush to replace him (sent).

TRUMP-JERUSALEM-FALLOUT — Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli forces in east Jerusalem and the West Bank as demonstrators in the Gaza Strip burn U.S. flags and pictures of President Donald Trump in a show of rage over the American decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Israeli forces brace for the possibility of even stronger violence on Friday. By Josef Federman. SENT: 1,200 words. photos, video. With TRUMP-JERUSALEM-FALLOUT-THE LATEST; UNITED STATES-JERUSALEM — Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital isn't immediately translating into changes on U.S. government maps, documents or passports. SENT: 650 words, photos.

CONGRESS-BUDGET BATTLE — The House and Senate pass a stopgap spending bill to prevent a government shutdown this weekend and buy time for challenging talks on a wide range of unfinished business on Capitol Hill — including, for Democrats and many Republicans, protections for immigrants brought to the country illegally as children. By Andrew Taylor and Alan Fram. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.

OSCARS-WEINSTEIN EFFECT — The parade of sexual harassment scandals throughout the movie industry has already caused havoc on Hollywood's normally calculated awards season, upending long-planned Oscar campaigns and changing the tenor of a season that once belonged to Harvey Weinstein. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 1,315 words, photos. With FILM ACADEMY-CODE OF CONDUCT — The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science announces its first code of conduct (sent).

NORTH CHARLESTON-POLICE SHOOTING — A white former South Carolina officer is sentenced to 20 years in prison for fatally shooting an unarmed black motorist in the back in 2015, wrapping up a case that became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 870 words, photos. With NORTH CHARLESTON-POLICE SHOOTING-THE LATEST.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — The biggest and most destructive of the windblown fires raking Southern California shuts down one of the region's busiest freeways and threatens Ojai, a scenic mountain town dubbed "Shangri-La" and known for its boutique hotels and New Age spiritual retreats. By Brian Skoloff and Amanda Lee Myers. SENT: 580 words, video, photos. With CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-THE LATEST.

SCIENCE SAYS-MAMMOGRAMS — A better mammogram? U.S. health officials are starting a huge study to tell if the newer, sometimes pricier 3-D scan really improves screening for breast cancer. By Medical Writer Lauran Neergaard. SENT: 850 words, video, photo.

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PEARL HARBOR ANNIVERSARY — Pearl Harbor survivors remember those killed 76 years ago. SENT: 450 words, photos.

SOPRANOS STRIP CLUB — A New Jersey strip club that served as a favorite hangout for fictional mobsters in HBO's "The Sopranos" has been ordered to shut down as authorities investigate alleged real-life crimes. SENT: 280 words, photo.

FIFA INVESTIGATION-TRIAL — New York trial of 3 South American soccer officials takes strange twist with testimony by pop star Kevin Jonas about Paul McCartney concert in Argentina. SENT: 120 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT — President Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is denying he violated a judge's order by working on an op-ed intended for a newspaper in Ukraine. SENT: 120 words. UPCOMING: 400 words, photo by 7 p.m.

FBI DIRECTOR — Countering strident attacks on his agency from the president who appointed him, FBI Director Christopher Wray defends the people who work with him and declares, "There is no finer institution." SENT: 770 words, photos.

MEDICAID'S HEALTH CHALLENGE — Low-income people are more likely to struggle with health problems like smoking and depression, presenting a challenge to Medicaid, but new research also shows many are motivated to improve. SENT: 890 words, photo.

ALABAMA SENATE-OUTSIDERS — In Alabama's special Senate election, Democrats are trying not to sink Doug Jones' underdog bid under the weight of a national party that remains unpopular with a reflexively Republican electorate. SENT: 930 words, photos.

INTERIOR-METHANE RULE — The Interior Department says it is delaying an Obama-era regulation aimed at restricting harmful methane emissions from oil and gas production on federal lands. SENT: 550 words.

COTTON-AP INTERVIEW — China is more of a problem than a partner for the United States in dealing with nuclear-armed North Korea, a leading Republican senator and ally of President Trump tells the AP. SENT: 870 words, video, photos, audio.

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NATIONAL

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NEW MEXICO SCHOOL SHOOTING — A shooting at a New Mexico high school leaves two students and the suspect dead, authorities say as schools throughout the small town shut down for the day. SENT: 300 words, photos.

BORDER ARRESTS — Since bottoming out in April, the number of immigrants caught at the United States' southern border has been increasing monthly, potentially auguring an end to the so-called "Trump effect." SENT: 900 words, photos.

COUNTY SERVERS HACKED — Time-consuming paper transactions slow business Thursday in North Carolina's largest metro area as a county government begins the dayslong process of restoring computer systems locked down by a ransomware attack. SENT: 660 words, photos. With COUNTY SERVERS HACKED-THE LATEST.

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INTERNATIONAL

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ARGENTINA-EX-PRESIDENT — A federal judge is asking Argentina's Senate to allow the arrest and trial of former President Cristina Fernandez for allegedly covering up the role of Iranians in a terror attack on a Jewish center. SENT: 640 words, photos.

HONDURAS-HUMAN RIGHTS — The Trump administration certifies Honduras' progress in protecting human rights and attacking corruption even as the country struggles with a deepening electoral crisis. SENT: 980 words, photos.

GERMANY-POLITICS — Germany's center-left Social Democrats agree to open talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on whether to renew their governing coalition or at least support a minority government. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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VOLATILE BITCOIN — The price of bitcoin shoots through $19,000, only to fall back to $16,000 within minutes, as the frenzy surrounding the digital currency escalates ahead of the trading of bitcoin futures on a major U.S. exchange. By Business Writer Ken Sweet. SENT: 560 words, photo. With BITCOIN-Q&A — How is a bitcoin "mined"? A look at the virtual currency. SENT: 350 words.

GE-JOB CUTS — General Electric Co. will cut 12,000 jobs in its power division as alternative energy supplants demand for coal and other fossil fuels, and energy demand declines overall. SENT: 550 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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T25-AP PLAYER OF THE YEAR — Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield is The Associated Press college football Player of the Year. SENT: 400 words, photos.

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